Overall a good story, good voices
Defiantly read the sequel, it expands the AI monster.
I really liked this series.
Also read Deamon as it builds on this theme v
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Although there is a thriller plot to this book, you need to like computers to enjoy this. The Avogadro Corp basically runs most the on-line applications (webmail) and searches on the Internet. Basically, it really reminds me of Google. The CEO of the corporation is even a Russian wonderkid.
The corporation has developed an on-line application for email that basically searches other peoples email so you can write winning proposals. Although sounding far fetched, its probably something Google could do today. Take a email addressed to a gmail account, search the recipients gmail and then make suggestions based on that search. Frightening but doable. The story goes a little SCI FI when the application starts to take over the entire internet and starts ordering people to do things like arm floating server farmers with automated missiles and machine guns. It gets even more far fetched by the end. It does give you an idea of the massive scale that firms like Google have to handle web traffic throughout the world.
So in summary long on techno facts and thin on plot, but still enjoyable if you like books about computers taking over the world. Sort of surprise ending which I won't give away here.
Sure (from audible) but I would have infinity low expectations - As an IT geek I found this story light on underlying technology and high on magic in the wires. Wires that became intelligent without any advances in science and/or Einstein type involvement in AI programming.
Adam Sandler & Jim Carrey playing mindless programmers or college students who stole & copied code from IBM's Dr. Watson. Then the supercomputer named Dr. Watson would take over the world.
This is somewhat of a crowded genre, especially with some of the movies out recently, but the author does a great job of making the creation of an AI very believeable while at the same time keeping up the excitement level as each phase of the AI's evolution unfolds.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It was not very well written, and I think this poor writing (specifically dealing with character development/behaviour) took too much away from what, otherwise, might have been an okay story. Maybe.
It is a lot like Daemon except, of course, much more lecturey and person-does-A and then person-does-B formulaic. The writing simply didn't flow, and there was little suspense.
This might be because the characters were not very distinct or "real" feeling, so... basically, we don't care what happens to whom or why... they all sound the same, so it is hard to tell if it was person one or person two who had something happen to them.
Was the techy component good?... well... it was better than the character development, but... again, it was written so stiltedly that it felt like I was reading a how-to manual. And I don't know that the tech was as "cutting edge" as it thinks it is. Sure, it's not "real" at the moment, but this author certainly isn't the first to use a self-actualizing AI as the premise of a story.
And the sub-title makes no sense at all. Oh well, live and learn. I won't be looking for any more books by this author.
The narration was okay. There is no sex or gore and the language is too dull to even have much in the way of swearing.
I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.
This book gets a few things right, but a lot more wrong. The tech on display, as well as descriptions of how software development works, is pretty accurate in a lot of places.
Unfortunately, the two main characters, David and Mike, couldn't possibly be developers, or even competent sysadmins. They design a system that improves (compromises) email by analyzing sentiment and suggesting (or silently altering) words and phrases. When they add self preservation algorithms to the system itself, things escalate quickly.
So what do these brilliant engineers do? Do they switch away from email to discuss the problem? Or how about even switching providers? No, apparently forgetting their email system is compromised they keep using it. How did they even have the brain power to design the system in the first place?
Enough ranting. My reviews aren't usually this long but I was just offended. Bad world building by way of incongruous behavior on the part of characters in a story is a pet peeve of mine. Let me be clear: anyone who is capable of designing a system like ELOP would never make the kinds of boneheaded moves these guys did unless they became severely impaired mentally. Fin.
I have seen many reviews comparing this book to "Daemon" and "Freedom". Hertling is no Suarez, nor would I want him to be! He has his own unique writing style that at times flows quite nicely yet he has a tendency to brush over critical parts. I will continue this series if nothing else, just to see this author develop.
I like AI stories and thought this one was pretty decent, but it felt like the narrator was reading a textbook to a classroom. I'd be very interested in seeing where this series goes, and listening to the rest of the books, as long as the narration improves.